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BYOD: Employee-Led Innovation Goes Global

 Millions consumers around the globe are buying smartphones, tablets, and other advanced mobile devices loaded with features and apps that can be used for business as well as for their own personal communication and entertainment needs. Many of these people have started taking these devices to work and integrating them into their daily workflow. This trend is often called “bring your own device,” or BYOD.

Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) wanted to know how prevalent BYOD is, and how corporate IT departments are handling these new devices in terms of support, network access, and security. In the spring of 2012, we surveyed 600 IT decision makers in U.S. enterprises, and then expanded our study in the summer of 2012 to include 4,900 IT decision makers in midsize companies and enterprises – in a total of nine countries.

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Cisco Shares Vision for the Connected Car at Demo Expo

Several times each year, Cisco transforms its largest on-campus meeting spaces from auditoria into technology demo extravaganzas.

We call these events ‘Demo Expos’. They’re a core part of how we encourage innovation at Cisco. The basic idea of Demo Expo is to enable engineers from across the company to show their colleagues what they’ve been working on, or to gather feedback on work-in-progress that could improve inventions and ultimately hasten them to commercialization.

Some of the demos are finished products that are already available to customers. Some are prototypes of products that will soon go into production, and some are, well, just concepts.

Last week’s version of Demo Expo brought together 180 demonstrators and more than 2500 employees simultaneously at five of Cisco’s US sites in San Jose, New England, Lawrenceville, Texas and RTP.

One of the demos that caught the eye of a visiting reporter from Wired, was the Cisco Connected Vehicle initiative. It’s a great example of what might be possible when some of the 99.8% of ‘things’ in the world that are not currently connected to the network, join in.

As the author Bob McMillan explains: “The payoff would be a more connected car — one that can switch from 4G to wireless networks while simultaneously streaming a YouTube video to kids in the back without so much as a hiccup. It would be a car that could get firmware updates over the air, and it would also be a lighter vehicle — one that used wireless connections and lighter Ethernet cables.”

I’ll leave you to read Bob’s article on Cisco’s vision for connected vehicles in Wired, but suffice to say, the connected car is coming to a driveway near you in the not-too-distant-future!

CGI2012 Panel: “Business by Design: Growth and Opportunity”

September 24, 2012 at 12:18 pm PST

Today, at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers joined Goldman Sachs CEO and Chairman Lloyd Blankfein and Dow Chemical Company President, Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris on a panel discussion moderated by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.  The title of the panel was “Business by Design: Growth and Opportunity.”  (An edited portion of the panel will air on CNN soon…watch this space for the air date).

Zakaria said that he was an optimist overall when it came to the United States and our prospects for the future.  He spoke about the economic troubles the U.S. has had over the past decades and how we have consistently overcome them.  The trouble with this recovery and economy, he said, is that it is taking jobs a lot longer to come back than what has been historically ordinary.

All of the speakers agreed (generally) that there was optimism to be had in the United States economy, regardless of who is elected President in November.  All of them also agreed that government and business have to partner together to help solve our nation’s problems and take advantage of our many assets.  Blankfein said that many of our problems are self-inflicted and could easily be resolved, such as having a budget for the country.

From Left: Fareed Zakaria (CNN), Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris and Cisco CEO John Chambers at CGI2012

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The Three Dimensions of Learning

A large part of my job is explaining things to people. You can have the greatest technology in the world, but if you can’t explain to people why it is important, and how it will make a difference in their life or their business, then you have only done half the job.

That is why I am interested in different learning styles. One of the more widely-known models to describe different learning styles is Neil Fleming’s VAK/VARK model. Fleming postulates that there are three different types of learners: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. To vastly over-simplify Fleming’s work, some people learn best by seeing, others by listening and still others by touching and doing. While this might seem self-evident, understanding a student’s learning style can be a vital tool for teachers. Moreover, knowing your own learning style can significantly increase the amount you can learn and retain.

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Cisco Sports & Entertainment – Barclays Center In A “Fan” State of Mind

“There’s nothing you can’t do, now you’re in New York” – An Empire State of Mind – JAY Z

JAY Z  opens Barclays Center in Brooklyn next week, with the first of eight consecutive sold out concerts.  Lead by a strategy where the latest technology innovations will fuel engaging fan experiences like never before, Barclays Center will show it knows how to throw a party.  Concertgoers, Brooklyn Nets fans and all other guests visiting Brooklyn’s highly anticipated new arena will enjoy a new generation of fan experiences that complement the world class talent on the stage and hardwood court.

Recent research shows that 75% of fans attending live events are likely to have a mobile device, approximately 50% will take photos with the device, and close to 50% of them want to share their experiences with family, friends and the rest of the world through social media channels like Facebook and Twitter.

With tens of thousands of fans in stadiums and arenas trying to connect through the network to share their experiences and access a host of other media rich applications, it is often challenging to get a reliable connection or any connection at all. How many of you have been at a sports or entertainment event recently where poor reception left you disappointed? (Real Madrid Blog) Cisco and Barclays Center have addressed these complex issues native to high density environments through state-of-the-art technology offerings. Read More »

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